‘Goonies’ 25th Anniversary: Corey Feldman Talks Blue Boogers, Leeches & More

by | October 28, 2010 at 7:34 AM | Interviews, The Movies

Corey Feldman (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

Corey Feldman (Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

It’s been 25 years since a bunch of misfit kids from Astoria, Oregon embarked on a wild adventure with pirates, a treasure map and a creature named “Sloth,” better known collectively as the 1985 cult classic ‘The Goonies.’

To mark the occasion, Warner Home Video is releasing ‘The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’ on Blue-ray and DVD on Nov. 2, featuring the usual array of deleted scenes and cast commentary with director Richard Donner and all seven of the main actors, including Corey Feldman, who played Clark “Mouth” Devereaux. The collection also features Cyndi Lauper’s music video for “The Goonies R Good Enough.”

We caught up with Feldman to take a stroll down memory lane of the classic kids flick and he revealed some interesting tidbits about his late friend Corey Haim, blue boogers and his favorite deleted scene.

Feldman in The Goonies (Warner Brothers)

Feldman in The Goonies (Warner Brothers)

Did you ever think 25 years later you wouldn’t be able to escape ‘The Goonies?’
Corey Feldman: It’s one of those things that hangs with you in life. Martha Plimpton [who played Stephanie "Stef" Steinbrenner] has said on record many times that she’ll be doing Shakespeare in the Park and somebody shouts out, ‘Goonies!’ Or I’ll be doing a concert with my band Truth Movement and people yell out, ‘Goonies Never Say Die’ or something like that. It’s amazing.

What do you remember about getting the role?
The first time I ever met Corey Haim, ironically, was in the waiting room at Amblin [Entertainment] because he was actually auditioning for the part of Mouth. I didn’t know it at the time, but he reminded me many times throughout our career that the first time we ever met was when he was sitting there waiting for his chance to audition. I don’t think I even paid attention to him. But he obviously remembered because I got the part.

What’s your favorite behind-the-scenes moment of shooting it?
One of the great things that I remember about the set was the blue boogers, very key element to a hard day’s work at the ‘Goonies’ set. They built this, almost like a lake on the set. And there was so much dye in the water to make it look like it was really royal blue, that gives it that vibrant color, so they were putting all this food coloring into the water. So at the end of the day every day, you’d go home and you’d blow your nose and you’d have all this blue stuff coming out of your nose.

Looking back on the movie now, there’s a lot of swearing from kids for a PG movieā€¦
I believe it was actually right around that time that they moved to PG-13, not because of ‘Goonies’ though. I think it was ‘Gremlins.’ There was a lot of stuff that was cutting edge. But at the time, I remember us thinking, ‘Hey can we get away with that?’ We all assumed that all this cursing and all this stuff that we were doing was eventually going to get looped out and edited out as it usually did. I remember specifically the part where I come flying out of the water slide shoot and I’m like, ‘Oh, sh-t!’ And, I remember as I was doing it in the looping stage [thinking], ‘They’re never going to let this stay. I don’t even know why we’re taking the time to actually do it.’ We did like five different versions of it where I’m actually covering different ways to say ‘oh sh-t’ or different things that I could be saying flying out of the shoot. And at the end of the day it was like, ‘Nope. We’re gonna keep it because it’s natural.’

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At what age will you let your son watch it?
Oh, he’s been watching it since he was two. He already knows the movie backwards and forwards. He’s a very good kid. If you can show it on the Disney channel, I think it’s safe to watch it.

How much improvising was there?
I don’t think we even saw a script until a week before we started shooting. Because of the improvising, the first cut of the film was eight hours long. That’s not a joke. And that’s because they didn’t know where to cut. We were in the looping stage six weeks. We had our school trailers and our trailers camped outside in the parking lot of the ADR [automatic dialogue replacement] building. I think it was probably historically one of the longest ADR sessions ever. You had seven kids who were constantly improvising, constantly talking over each other, yelling and screaming and they had to find a way to balance it.

What’s your favorite scene that ended up on the cutting room floor?
The leech scene. I was very upset that got cut because they actually had to put real live leeches on us. Some of us don’t even remember that. As a matter of fact, I think Sean [Astin, who played Michael "Mikey" Walsh] doesn’t remember that. It was in the wishing well scene originally and they had to put that fake skin stuff on us and then they put real live leeches on [top of that that.] In contrast, they did the same thing to me in ‘Stand By Me ‘a year later, but they were fake leeches. So only [executive producer Steven] Spielberg and [director Richard] Donner were daring enough to put real live leeches on real kids.

The DVD is also available digitally through iTunes and Amazon On Demand.

Hit the comments with your favorite ‘Goonies’ memories.

The cast in 1985 (Warner Brothers)

The cast in 1985 (Warner Brothers)

The cast today (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The cast today (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)